Jeff Koenig, of Stanley-Boyd High School, has been named Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week, the organization announced Thursday.
“I think the award is a great statement for the kids and school and program in general,” Koenig said. “I’ve been very blessed to have some quality assistant coaches as well as quality kids come through the program. It makes my job a whole lot easier.”
The Orioles improved to 2-1 (1-0) after defeating Cloverbelt-Large conference foe Colby, 34-7, last Friday. The Orioles travel to Mosinee (3-0, 1-0) to face the Indians tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
“It really comes back to our kids,” Koenig said. “We always say we’re going to play with pride, purpose and passion. They’ve really accepted that. They want to do the best they can to represent their school and their community.”
Koenig also thanked his family for the honor.
“My wife (Erika) is very supportive and understands the hours that it takes to put in as a football coach, and not just a head coach,” said Koenig, who has three children. “Without her support and the support of my parents it wouldn’t be possible.”
Koenig is entering his fourth season as Orioles head coach after being promoted in 2004 from junior varsity head coach. Following a rough 1-8 start his first season, Koenig led Stanley-Boyd to an 8-3 finish the next season. The Orioles have a 15-7 mark over the past two years.
“It was a challenge to get to the level of play we needed to get to,” Koenig said. “We’ve improved every season. We have kids dedicated in the off-season. Families are really supportive. The coaching staff is really dedicated. I’m really blessed to be in this situation.”
Koenig’s staff consists of assistant coaches Lee LaFlamme, Jim Brinker, Joe Hebert, Vaughn Forster, Josh Reed, Jason Isenberger, Jon Laager, Cory Hinkel, Brody Mahr, Tom Berseth, Joel Erickson, Daryl Bones and Steve Skaare.
Koenig started his coaching career at Hillsboro High School as an assistant coach in 1996 after graduating from Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He became the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Chetek High School in 1999, a position he held until 2002 when he took over as JV coach at Stanley-Boyd.
The Packers will recognize one outstanding high school coach as their 'Coach of the Week' winner during the 2007 high school football season. Winners are awarded several items and privileges, including a $1,000 donation to the school's football program from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL, as well as recognition of the award on www.NFLHS.com, the NFL's high school football Web site.
Nominations for Coach of the Week should be submitted by 9 a.m. every Monday to Tim Schroeder, community outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) or by fax at (920) 569-7302. Please include the nominee's name, address, school, phone number, and reason he/she is deserving of the award.